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Karen Parko, MD

Title(s)Professor, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address4150 Clement St
San Francisco CA 94121
Phone415-221-4810
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    University of California , San Francisco1995Neurology Residency
    Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC1992Internal Medicine Internship
    Uniformed Services University, Washington DCMD1991
    New York University, New YorkBA1986
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    American Epilepsy Society2014National Service Award
    Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California2011Lifetime Commitment to Progress Award
    UCSF, Neurology Department2007Robert B. Layzer Award for Resident Teaching (The Golden Toe Award)
    United States Public Health Service2007USPHS Commissioned Officers Association Clinical Investigator Award
    United States Public Health Service2001Public Health Service Clinical Physician of the Year
    US Medicine2003Finalist, The Frank Brown Berry Prize in Federal Medicine
    Navajo Nation Indian Health Service2000Navajo Area Director's Award for Outstanding Health Care Provider

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    Dr. Karen L. Parko is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the National Director of the Veterans Affairs Epilepsy Centers of Excellence. She is a retired Commissioned Officer from the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). Dr. Parko’s career focus has been on improving epilepsy care in disadvantaged populations. She is nationally recognized for her leadership in health care and health policy.

    Dr. Parko received a B.A. degree in Psychobiology from New York University and an M.D. degree from the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. Following an internship in Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, she completed a residency in Neurology at UCSF.

    After residency she worked in the Indian Health Service (IHS) as a solo neurologist for ten years on the Navajo reservation, where she established the reservation’s first neurology clinic, providing adult and pediatric neurology services and neurodiagnostic testing to this population of nearly 300,000.

    In 2010 she became the National Director of the VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of Veterans with epilepsy through the integration of clinical care, outreach, research, and education.

    Dr. Parko has been involved in disaster and humanitarian relief medicine, including the Anthrax prophylaxis of postal workers following 9/11 in 2001, as a physician team leader for the 2002 Winter Olympics, as the chief clinical operations officer for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the 2007 California wildfires response. In 2000 she served as a medical officer aboard NOAA vessel McArthur during its Stenella Mission in the Eastern Pacific.

    Dr. Parko is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, a member of the American Epilepsy Society and the International League against Epilepsy. She serves on the National and Northern California professional advisory boards of the Epilepsy Foundation of America.

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    1. Health-related quality of life in Veterans with epileptic and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Epilepsy Behav. 2019 05; 94:72-77. Salinsky M, Rutecki P, Parko K, Goy E, Storzbach D, Markwardt S, Binder L, Joos S. PMID: 30893618.
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    2. Psychiatric comorbidity and traumatic brain injury attribution in patients with psychogenic nonepileptic or epileptic seizures: A multicenter study of US veterans. Epilepsia. 2018 10; 59(10):1945-1953. Salinsky M, Rutecki P, Parko K, Goy E, Storzbach D, O'Neil M, Binder L, Joos S. PMID: 30144027.
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    3. The primary prevention of epilepsy: A report of the Prevention Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2018 05; 59(5):905-914. Thurman DJ, Begley CE, Carpio A, Helmers S, Hesdorffer DC, Mu J, Touré K, Parko KL, Newton CR. PMID: 29637551.
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    4. Joel M.ReiterDonnaAndrewsCharlotteReiterW. CurtLafranceJr.Taking control of your seizures: workbookDavidBarlowTreatments that work series2015Oxford University Press[Soft Cover 8.5 x 11, available as E-book, 336 pages ISBN: 9780199335015 Cost $49.95]. Epilepsy & Behavior. 2016 Aug 1; 61:277-278. Karen L. Parko. .
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    5. Treating nonepileptic seizures: Therapist guide W. CurtLaFranceJr.Jeffrey PeterWinczeDavidBarlowTreatments that work series2015Oxford University Press[Soft Cover, 7×10inches, available as E-book, 192 pages, ISBN: 9780199307173, Cost $55.00]. Epilepsy & Behavior. 2016 Aug 1; 61:275-276. Karen L. Parko. .
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    6. Attributing seizures to TBI: Validation of a brief patient questionnaire. Epilepsy Behav. 2016 Apr; 57(Pt A):141-144. Salinsky M, Parko K, Rutecki P, Boudreau E, Storzbach D. PMID: 26953843.
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    7. Patients optimizing epilepsy management via an online community: the POEM Study. Neurology. 2015 Jul 14; 85(2):129-36. Hixson JD, Barnes D, Parko K, Durgin T, Van Bebber S, Graham A, Wicks P. PMID: 26085605.
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    8. Antiepileptic drug prescribing patterns in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2015 May; 46:133-9. Rohde NN, Baca CB, Van Cott AC, Parko KL, Amuan ME, Pugh MJ. PMID: 25911209.
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    9. Clinical approach to posttraumatic epilepsy. Semin Neurol. 2015 Feb; 35(1):57-63. Rao VR, Parko KL. PMID: 25714868.
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    10. Multicentric Castleman's disease with voltage-gated potassium channel antibody-positive limbic encephalitis: a case report. BMC Neurol. 2015 Feb 04; 15:4. Rao VR, Lim LE, Fong D, Garga NI, Parko KL. PMID: 25648431.
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    11. Research using archival health care data: Let the buyer beware. Epilepsia. 2015 Feb; 56(2):321-2. Pugh MJ, Parko K. PMID: 25708477.
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    12. Teleneurology in the US Veteran Health Administration. Teleneurology in Practice. 2015 Jan 1; 1-15. Larry E. Davis, Nina I. Garga, Molly K. King, Stephanie Chen, Karen L. Parko. .
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    13. Managing common complex symptomatic epilepsies: tumors and trauma: american epilepsy society - 2012 annual course summary. Epilepsy Curr. 2013 Sep; 13(5):232-5. Burneo JG, Sirven JI, Kiesel LW, Vecht CJ, Jehi L, Chung SS, Uhm J, Politsky JM, Chang EF, Husain AM, Tatum WO, Meador KJ, Noe K, Hesdorffer DC, Herman ST, Wiebe S, Engel J, Schrader S, Parko KL, Dichter MA, Kwan P, Kossoff E, Sperling MR. PMID: 24348117.
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    14. Seizures After TBI. Traumatic Brain Injury. 2012 Jan 1; 167-178. John Betjemann, Karen Parko. .
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    15. Standards for epidemiologic studies and surveillance of epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2011 Sep; 52 Suppl 7:2-26. Thurman DJ, Beghi E, Begley CE, Berg AT, Buchhalter JR, Ding D, Hesdorffer DC, Hauser WA, Kazis L, Kobau R, Kroner B, Labiner D, Liow K, Logroscino G, Medina MT, Newton CR, Parko K, Paschal A, Preux PM, Sander JW, Selassie A, Theodore W, Tomson T, Wiebe S. PMID: 21899536.
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    16. Epilepsy, sleep disturbances, and psychiatric consequences. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2010 Dec; 16(6 Traumatic Brain Injury):110-27. Parko KL, Abrams GM, Campbell JS, Glass GA. PMID: 22810716.
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    17. Disparities in epilepsy: report of a systematic review by the North American Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2009 Oct; 50(10):2285-95. Burneo JG, Jette N, Theodore W, Begley C, Parko K, Thurman DJ, Wiebe S. PMID: 19732134.
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    18. Prevalence of epilepsy and seizures in the Navajo Nation 1998-2002. Epilepsia. 2009 Oct; 50(10):2180-5. Parko K, Thurman DJ. PMID: 19490040.
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    19. Electrodiagnostic features of hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies. Neurology. 2000 Jan 11; 54(1):40-4. Andersson PB, Yuen E, Parko K, So YT. PMID: 10636123.
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    20. Botulism from peyote. N Engl J Med. 1998 Jul 16; 339(3):203-4. Hashimoto H, Clyde VJ, Parko KL. PMID: 9669923.
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    21. Is the prescription really for selegiline? Am J Hosp Pharm. 1994 Apr 01; 51(7):930, 932. Alldredge BK, Heard SE, Parko K. PMID: 8017443.
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    22. Relationships between medial hypothalamic alpha 2-receptor binding, norepinephrine, and circulating glucose. Brain Res. 1986 Oct 08; 384(2):404-8. Chafetz MD, Parko K, Diaz S, Leibowitz SF. PMID: 3022870.
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